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A Native of Florida's Reefs

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A Native of Florida's Reefs

A Native of Florida's Reefs

I am the native of the Florida Keys and Bahamas
People here call me mero and not goliath grouper
Once a scuba diver caught and held me beside the boat	
Half out of water with hook in corner of my mouth.

Looked at my five-haired beard trailing from aching jaw
Brown skin hanging in strips like ancient wallpaper
Shaped like full-blown roses stained and lost in age
Was frightened by gills breathing in terrible oxygen.

He gazed and gazed with pride and triumph in eyes
Don’t know what happened to him, he let me go!.
I was only six years then and got a long life of fifty
Travelling to Flamingo and Shark River, our Mecca.

Wonder as scuba divers are not seen in native waters
As to catch us in US waters has been declared illegal
Please do your bit signing online petition to fishing ban
Curb your desire to make money or just the fun for it


*Inspired by Fishing Ban laws
Date 20-10-13
Dr. Ram Mehta
Third Place win
Contest: Personify Any Animal of your choice by Just That Archaic Poet

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  1. Date: 1/28/2014 3:44:00 PM
    Dr., CONGRATULATIONS, a very clever write, you did well in "Personifing Any Animal of Your Choosing" *enjoyed every poem.......... ~SKAT~

  1. Date: 1/8/2014 3:43:00 PM
    A very unique animal to choose to personify for the contest. Very good work, Dr. Ram! Congratulations on your win, as well!

  1. Date: 1/5/2014 11:34:00 AM
    Very good. I think you broke the flow with the last verse, though. Might be better as a comment. Congratulations!

  1. Date: 1/5/2014 9:42:00 AM
    great poem good info ty Ram congrats Shadow x smile hug

  1. Date: 1/5/2014 2:16:00 AM
    Enjoyed reading this awesome poem and congrats on your win, Dr.

  1. Date: 12/22/2013 12:41:00 AM
    You did a VERY good job with this one, Dr. Ram. Also I like your new avatar!!!

  1. Date: 12/21/2013 9:21:00 AM
    I guess there should be fishing ban laws before all the fish are gone. A very nice expressed story poem. I enjoyed reading it,God bless you. Erich

  1. Date: 12/20/2013 10:01:00 PM
    very nicely penned Dr Ram..

  1. Date: 12/20/2013 7:34:00 PM
    A very good topic Light & Love

  1. Date: 12/20/2013 6:56:00 PM
    Wow! This is super good! Like your new pic! Bev

  1. Date: 12/20/2013 5:14:00 PM
    Wonderful write Doc, I sometimes wonder how there are any fish left here In Australia, there are so many people fishing for them. I don't like any kind of killing. people fish or animals. A merry Christmas to you and yours and a happy new year....peter

  1. Date: 12/20/2013 3:47:00 PM
    a great way to personify a grouper, dr. ram.. this is truly splendid and creative... to be part of your contest was a delight; thanks and huggs!

  1. Date: 12/20/2013 1:59:00 PM
    A very well written poem from the groupers behalf enjoyed it. cheri and thanks for the congrads